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We cannot provide forms or notarize signatures as this constitutes "legal advice," The auditor and staff are prohibited by statute from providing legal advice. Documents must be presented for recording as they are intended for public record.
Original birth and death records after 1907 are maintained by the Regional Health District, Vital Statistics Office at 360-678-7351. There are only a few original records beginning with 1891 through 1907 available in the recording department.
Please contact the Clerks Office at 360-679-7359, option 6, for information regarding these items.
Wills can be recorded for public record, but it is not advised. To probate a will, contact the Clerks Office at 360-679-7359, option 6.
The recording office records Real Estate documents, liens, military discharges, maps and surveys. Copies of these documents are available for a fee. We also issue marriage licenses and county business licenses. For information regarding city business licenses, contact the city in which your business will be located. For state business licenses, call 360-664-1400.
Official Island County Drop Boxes:
The ballot drop boxes are composed of high grade materials, and secured with locks and numbered seals.
Teams of two employees of the Auditor's Department empty the drop boxes.
Washington State accepts ballots postmarked on or before Election Day, rather than the date the ballots are received. As more ballots are received and processed, race results can change. This is normal and well within ranges of statistical probability. Additionally, under Same Day Registration, voters may continue to register and vote up until 8:00pm on Election Day.
Tabulation equipment is certified by the Washington Secretary of State and the Federal Election Assistance Commission. This equipment is never connected to the internet or any network; and provides records for each election.
Confirmation cards are sent to voters to confirm their information if:
It is still there, but it is "inactive". Because of a notification we received from USPS or a state agency, we must verify your information in order to continue to send your ballots.
If a voter is inactive and does not update their information or return the card, after two consecutive federal general elections, their voter registration is cancelled, as required by federal and state law.
Ensure the 2-part card has a return address of: Island County Elections, PO Box 1410, Coupeville WA 98239-1410. Official Island County Elections mail comes from and returns to this address.
Voter registration can be confirmed online at www.VoteWA.gov or by contacting the Elections Office.
Washington voters do not register by party.
Information regarding voting for military members and dependents is available at: www.fvap.gov.
Information regarding voting for overseas registrants is available at: www.fvap.gov.
Washington is a vote by mail state; there are no traditional polling places. Ballots are mailed to the voter's residence or mailing address; this allows voters approximately two weeks to vote and return ballots.
Online voting is not available in WA. Voters may go online to obtain and print a ballot, but there is no way to cast a vote online.
Voters can go online to www.VoteWA.gov. Log in by providing the requested information, click on the link "Ballot Status" under the "My Ballot" header. When we receive your ballot, your status will show as "Received".
Voters can go online to www.VoteWA.gov. Log in by providing the requested information, click on the link "Ballot Status". When we have verified your signature and processed your ballot for counting, your status will show as "Accepted".
The Board's jurisdiction involves appeals of Assessor determinations including:
*There is no provision in state law to directly appeal the amount of your property taxes.
File an original, completed petition form with the Clerk of the Board. Submit separate petitions for each parcel. There is no charge for filing an appeal. A petition form is available on the BOE web page, by calling 360-679-7379 or by email BOE@islandcountywa.gov.
Petitions must be received by the Clerk of the Board on or before July 1 of the assessment year* or within 30 calendar days after the date of the Value Change Notice (or other notice of determination) - whichever date is later (WAC 458-14-056(2)). If submitted by mail, petitions must be postmarked by the post office no later than the filing deadline (WAC 458-14-056(4)).
*Assessment year is the year before the tax is due. It is shown on the Value Change Notice. Under very limited conditions, late petitions or appeals for previous assessment years may be accepted (WAC 458-14-056; 458-14-127).
The Board cannot consider incomplete petitions. A complete, separate petition for each parcel must include the following information:
Remember, the issue before the Board is the market value of your property. Accordingly, you will need to furnish clear, cogent, and convincing evidence that demonstrates that the Assessor's valuation exceeds your property's fair market value. State law requires the Assessor to value all taxable property at 100% of its true and fair market value in money, according to the highest and best use of the property. Market value is the amount of money that a willing and unobligated buyer is willing to pay a willing and unobligated seller. Successful forms of evidence include:
When gathering evidence and formulating arguments, it is important to keep in mind that, by law, the Assessor is presumed to be correct. The burden of proof is on you to show that the Assessor's determination is incorrect. Evidence must be "clear, cogent, and convincing" (WAC 458-14-046(4)).
Sales of the subject property and/or comparable properties are the foundation of our state's market value standard. Accordingly, comparable sales typically provide the best indicators of market value [RCW 84.40.030]. This is particularly true for residential properties. The best comparables are sales located in your neighborhood, with similar land and improvement features, which sold close to the valuation date at issue (before and not after). The Assessor's website, realtors, and title companies may be resources. A typical comparison or appraisal will have three or more comparable sales.
According to state law, the Assessor must base assessed valuations as of Jan. 1 of each assessment year. For example, if you are appealing a 2023 assessment year valuation, for taxes payable in 2024, the assessment date is Jan. 1, 2023. From a market value standpoint, the board gives sales occurring closest to this date the most weight (WAC 458-14-087(3)).
Comparable properties do not have to exactly match your property. Look for sales that are most similar, note their differences, and identify superior and inferior property features. This comparison process should enable you to determine whether your property would sell for more than or less than the price paid for each selected sale, leading you to a market value estimate.
For the purposes of filing a timely appeal, as long as your petition includes sufficient information or statements to apprise the Board and the Assessor of the reasons why you believe the Assessor's determination is incorrect, it is not necessary to include all the evidence you intend to use at your hearing. It is recommended that you provide the evidence you will use as early as possible. Additional evidence may be submitted up to twenty-one business days before your hearing (WAC 458-14-056(5)).
The scheduling of your hearing will depend on the volume of appeals and the timing of your petition filing. All scheduling is done by the Clerk of The Board. An Assessor's representative will review your petition and may contact you at your daytime phone number to discuss a stipulation outside of your appeal. Additionally, you may initiate contact with the Assessor's representative at the number listed on your "Assessor's Notice of Real Property Value Change" form to discuss the determined value.
If you can reach agreement on the true and fair value of the property, you will be offered a Stipulated Agreement form to sign that establishes the new value and withdraws the petition. In this case, you will not have a board hearing. However, if you cannot come to an agreement with the Assessor's representative, then you will be scheduled for a hearing before the Board. You will be notified by mail of your hearing date approximately 50 days in advance. The time between filing your appeal and the scheduled hearing may take between 5 and 7 months.
The hearing is an informal review where property owners may represent themselves without having to pay someone to argue their case. You will have the opportunity to give oral testimony and review your previously submitted arguments and evidence. During some board hearings, an Assessor's representative may also give testimony and review the material previously submitted to you and the board. Each party will have the opportunity to rebut the other party's arguments and evidence. Board members may also question either you and/or the Assessor's representative.
Documentary evidence (comparable sales, appraisals, contractor estimates, pictures, site plans, maps, etc.) must be submitted to the Board at least 21 business days before the hearing. Narrative testimony or videos used to clarify your previously submitted evidence may be presented during the hearing.
Decisions are typically mailed within 14 days of the hearing.
Either the appellant or the Assessor may appeal the Board's decision to the State Board of Tax Appeals. An appeal must be filed with the State Board of Tax Appeals within 30 calendar days of the mailing date of our board's decision. Appeal forms are available on the Island County BOE or State Board of Tax Appeals websites.
It is important to pay your taxes by the deadline in order to avoid interest and penalties.
If the Board decreases your property value, the Assessor's records will be adjusted, and the Treasurer's office will either send a revised tax statement if the decision occurs before October 31 of the tax year or issue a refund if your full year's taxes have already been paid (WAC 458-14-116(3)). This process may take a few months to complete.
The federal Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), commonly known as the 2000 Stafford Act amendments, was approved by Congress on October 10, 2000. This act required state and local governments to develop hazard mitigation plans as a condition for federal grant assistance. Among other things, this legislation reinforces the importance of pre-disaster infrastructure mitigation planning to reduce disaster losses nationwide. DMA 2000 is aimed primarily at the control and streamlining of the administration of federal disaster relief and programs to promote mitigation activities. Prior to 2000, federal legislation provided funding for disaster relief, recovery, and some hazard mitigation planning. The DMA improves upon the planning process by emphasizing the importance of communities planning for disasters before they occur.
A Local Hazard mitigation Plan is prepared by local governments in response to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390). Local governments as defined by the Disaster Mitigation Act include special purpose districts such as fire, hospital, water, sewer and school districts. These plans act as a keyway to federal funding afforded under the Robert T. Stafford Act. These plans meet statutory requirements that include:
-- Organizing resources -- Assessing Risk -- Engaging the public -- Identifying Goals and Objectives -- Identifying actions -- Developing plan maintenance and implementation strategies
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 has defined a “local government” as:
Any county, municipality, city, town, public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (regardless of whether the council of governments is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), regional or interstate government entity, or agency or instrumentality of a local government; any Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization; and any rural community, unincorporated town or village, or other public entity.
Any local government wishing to pursue funding afforded under FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs must have an approved hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible to apply for these funds.
Hazard mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to permanently eliminate or reduce long-term risks to human life and property from natural hazards. Sustained action means an action that is long term in its impact. This is an essential component of emergency management, along with preparedness, protection, response and recovery. Disasters can have significant impacts on communities. They can destroy or damage life, property infrastructure, local economies, and the environment.
At a minimum, the plan must address the natural hazards of concern that could impact the County planning area. It may also include a select number of technological or human caused hazards. It should also be noted that there are many secondary hazards that are directly attributable to these primary hazards that will also be addressed by the plan as part of the analysis of the primary hazard of concern.
Yes. While climate change will not be viewed as a stand alone hazard in this plan, there will be detailed discussions of the potential impact of climate change on those applicable hazards of concern.
Yes. The State of Washington is also required to respond to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 by developing a plan. In fact, if the state does not have a plan, no local governments within the state are eligible for any of the grant programs normally available as a result of developing a HMP. By law, the local plans are to be consistent with the recommendations of the state plan. The State of Washington actually has an Enhanced Plan, which means that we receive increased funding amounts after a disaster.
As a citizen within a participating jurisdiction, you will be able to reap the benefits of the risk reduction actions identified by your local government. Sometimes these can be a direct impact to your property in the form of reduced insurance premiums and reduced risk if you live in a high hazard area. Most of the time, these benefits are secondary. By reducing risk exposure, your local government does not have to expend as many resources on preparedness, response or recovery from the impacts of natural hazards.
By participating in this planning effort and adopting the updated plan, your community will be eligible to pursue funding under any of the five (5) FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs. These programs provide millions of dollars worth of grant funding annually for risk reduction measures identified in these plans. It should be noted that not all eligible local governments within the Island County planning area may wish to participate in this planning effort. You are encouraged to contact your community officials to determine your community’s eligibility under these programs. Additionally, if your community participates in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) program, this plan may have direct impact on reducing the cost of flood insurance within your community.
The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS: 1. Reduce flood losses; 2. Facilitate accurate insurance rating, and 3. Promote the awareness of flood insurance. For CRS participating communities, flood insurance premium rates are discounted in increments of 5%; i.e., a Class 1 community would receive a 45% premium discount, while a Class 9 community would receive a 5% discount (a Class 10 is not participating in the CRS and receives no discount). The CRS classes for local communities are based on 18 creditable activities, organized under four categories: 1. Public Information; 2. Mapping and Regulations; 3. Flood Damage Reduction, and
4. Flood Preparedness.
If your community is not covered by a local hazard mitigation plan, they have two options:
The law specifies that this be an “open public process” where the public is given the opportunity to provide comment on all phases of the plan’s development. The reason that this is important is that it is the average citizen that is most severely impacted by the impacts of natural hazards. When these events occur, homes are damaged, functionality of critical facilities is interrupted, services are interrupted, and the economy is impacted; all having a direct impact on the citizen. The principal goal of this plan is to reduce risk. The large majority of the risk exposure within the County is privately held property. It is not possible to identify and implement risk reduction strategies without the support of the property owners targeted by these strategies. Therefore, there must be public support for these initiatives in order for there to be any successful implementation of the recommendations of this plan.
Participate! When you see a notice for a public meeting, make an attempt to attend at least one meeting. When you see an article in the paper about this plan, read it. If you get mailed a questionnaire, please complete it. Review the website periodically to obtain an update on the process. And most importantly, spread the word. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about this process. This plan is very important to the health and welfare of the citizens of Island County. If you don’t understand something, or want to provide input, contact Island County Emergency Management for more information.
Seventy five percent of the cost associated with the preparation of this plan is being provided by a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning grant. The remaining 25% of the cost is an “in-kind” contribution from the planning team and the planning partners this plan will cover. “In-kind” contribution means non-monetary contributions such as: staff time, facilities, printing cost, etc.
By law, this planning effort must map the extent and location of all hazards of concern utilizing the best available data and science. This planning effort has identified various natural hazards that have the potential to impact the planning area. These maps are currently being produced and/or updated as part of this planning process. As these maps become available, they will be presented to the public via various mediums, including the County’s website.
As public meeting dates are established they will be advertised to the public by posting to the Hazard Mitigation Plan website (under the Hazard Mitigation Tab). The County may also elect to disseminate a press release to all media outlets discussing public meeting purposes and dates. Additionally, each planning partner will be asked to get the word out on meetings utilizing whatever means they have available within their jurisdiction.
It is anticipated that this plan update process will take 12 to 18 months to complete, at which time it will be submitted to Washington State Emergency Management Division and FEMA for their review and approval. This schedule is contingent upon many factors that can impact schedule and timeline. The timeline for submittal will be continuously updated throughout the process as planning milestones are completed. Once the first draft is completed, it will be available for public review and comment prior to the plan being finalized and submitted to FEMA.
Once the draft plan is assembled and is considered to be ready for public review and comment, it will be posted to the Hazard Mitigation Plan website. Once it reaches this point, the County may issue a press release advising citizens that the plan is ready for review and comment.
Eric Brooks, Deputy Emergency Management Director Island County Department of Emergency Management
Beverly O’Dea, Plan Consultant Bridgeview Consulting, LLC/Tetra Tech, Inc.
Drug Court is for people charged with non-violent felonies whose drug addiction or dependency was a factor in the commission of their crimes. Participants must admit to the truth of all the evidence against them, in exchange for a two-year pre-trial treatment program. The treatment includes many restrictions on participants' daily activities, certified drug treatment and weekly drug testing, and close monitoring by a Drug Court judge.
A successful participant could get the charges against him or her dismissed at the conclusion of the program.
Failure to meet the program goals will result in termination, and automatic conviction and sentence to jail on the original charges.
Drug Court participants must comply with numerous restrictions, as well as actively make progress in treating their addictions. At a minimum, participants must attend Drug Court every other week, they must obtain treatment according to a treatment plan prepared by a certified drug dependency treatment provider. Drug Court participants must participate in self-help groups, like Narcotics Anonymous. Drug Court participants must take random drug tests at least once a week. Participants, of course, must remain clean and sober, avoid contact with known drug users, and obey all laws. For all terms and conditions, review the Drug Court Procedures Manual, and the forms on our drug court page.
When a defendant asks to be considered for Drug Court, the prosecutor does initial screening for prospective participants. If the prosecutor determines the defendant is eligible for Drug Court, the entire Drug Court team will evaluate the defendant.
The Drug Court team consists of the Drug Court Judge, Drug Court Prosecutor and Defense Attorney, and the Drug Court coordinator.
Minimum term for Adult Drug Court is two years. Minimum term for Juvenile Drug Court is one year. Depending on a person's progress, the term could be extended.
There is a $500 administrative fee that all participants must pay in Adult Drug Court. There is no fee for Juvenile Drug Court. In addition, Drug Court participants must pay full restitution to the victim of the crime with which they are charged.
There is a state-supported fund called the Criminal Justice Drug Treatment Account that will help pay for treatment costs, even if the participant needs to have in-patient treatment.It may cover all costs of treatment. A participant's private insurance may also cover treatment costs.
Studies by the Washington State Institute (WSIPP) for Public Policy show that Drug Court is cost effective, when compared to prison and other alternative programs. Drug Court graduates are less likely to commit new crimes, saving all of us money. There are links to the WSIPP studies on the Drug Court main page.
Island County expanded its part-time Juvenile Drug Court coordinator from half-time to full-time to manage Adult Drug Court. Prosecutors, judges, clerks, and other all have agreed to participate without adding to existing staffing.
You can contact the Island County Drug Court Coordinator at 360-679-7325. Or, contact the deputy prosecutor who is responsible for prosecuting the pending criminal case at 360-679-7363.
If you are at your desk/phone, you can press the Voicemail button on your phone or use your Mitel Connect software to access your voicemail.
To reach it remotely do the following:
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The United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution guarantee the right to trial by jury. Failure to attend as directed may subject you to penalties provided by law. All Island County residents who are registered voters or licensed drivers are obligated by state law to serve as a juror unless they:
No. The State of Washington does not exclude any citizen over the age of 18 from consideration based on age.
Your name has been randomly selected by computer to serve as a juror in Island County. Potential jurors are selected from a combined source list from the state of Washington in the Department of Licensing drivers' and identification card holders' list and voter registration.
Summonses are issued randomly and based on your information with two separate sources. If you have a state issued ID/driver's license under one name and your voter registration has a different name or spelling, your name may appear on the list twice. Additionally, Island County has two courts – Superior Court in Coupeville and District Court in Oak Harbor – that issue summonses. This may also increase your chances of receiving a summons. Please note if you have previously been granted a deferment and receive a new summons a few months later, this is still related to your original summons. You did not get summonsed a second time.
You received a summons in January for jury duty in April. You requested and were granted a four month deferment with a new report date in August. In May you receive a summons for jury duty in August. This is still the same summons.
That is because you either have or had a Washington State issued drivers' license or identification card. Holding either places you on a list of potential jurors for the county of your registered address.
There are two main reasons why a potential juror can be completely excused from jury service – medical and financial. Additional documentation is required for excusals along with your completed summons.
Medical exemption – All requests for exemption due to medical, psychiatric, or sensory limitations must be submitted by a written doctor's note clearly stating how your medical condition prohibits you from serving jury duty. This note does not need to include personal medical information. You may have your doctor's office fax the note directly to the Jury Manager at: 360-679-7383. Please make sure the note includes your full name.Financial hardship – Requests for exemption based on financial hardships must have a letter from the employer on company letterhead regarding their jury duty pay policy. Additionally, you must also submit a letter stating the financial hardship that would be placed on you. You do not need to divulge financial information. Self-employed – Exemption requests based on self-employment must provide documentation of your business, such as a copy of your business license, along with a letter stating the financial hardship that would be placed on you. Please note self-employed persons are not automatically excluded from service as there are no exemptions based on occupation or profession, per se. Previous juror – If you previously served as a seated juror on a trial within the last 12 months you may be excused. Please be sure to indicate the date, which court and, if possible, the name of the case. Previously scheduled events/appointments – If you have a previously scheduled conflict with the entire duration of your term, you can request a deferment. Please be sure to provide a new availability date sometime within 4 months from your current summons date.
Medical exemption – All requests for exemption due to medical, psychiatric, or sensory limitations must be submitted by a written doctor's note clearly stating how your medical condition prohibits you from serving jury duty. This note does not need to include personal medical information. You may have your doctor's office fax the note directly to the Jury Manager at: 360-679-7383. Please make sure the note includes your full name.
Financial hardship – Requests for exemption based on financial hardships must have a letter from the employer on company letterhead regarding their jury duty pay policy. Additionally, you must also submit a letter stating the financial hardship that would be placed on you. You do not need to divulge financial information.
Self-employed – Exemption requests based on self-employment must provide documentation of your business, such as a copy of your business license, along with a letter stating the financial hardship that would be placed on you. Please note self-employed persons are not automatically excluded from service as there are no exemptions based on occupation or profession, per se.
Previous juror – If you previously served as a seated juror on a trial within the last 12 months you may be excused. Please be sure to indicate the date, which court and, if possible, the name of the case.
Previously scheduled events/appointments – If you have a previously scheduled conflict with the entire duration of your term, you can request a deferment. Please be sure to provide a new availability date sometime within 4 months from your current summons date.
Any request for an exemption must be accompanied by a completed summons. If you request an exemption or deferment and do not receive a letter or phone call from the Jury Manager, your request has been granted.
Any request for an exemption must be accompanied by a completed summons.
If you request an exemption or deferment and do not receive a letter or phone call from the Jury Manager, your request has been granted.
Per RCW 2.36.170, "A person summoned for jury service who intentionally fails to appear as directed shall by guilty of a misdemeanor." Possible sanctions include the imposition of fines, community service, and/or confinement. Please respond to your summons.
Please call or email the Jury Manager regarding this conflict.
During your time as a juror you will be sitting, standing, coming and going quite frequently. If you are chosen to be a seated juror, the judge will, at a minimum, take a break after an hour and a half of court time. Seated jurors are also allowed to stand as needed during the trial.
Members of the armed forces are not exempt from jury duty simply based on their active status. If there is a conflict with detachment or deployment dates, a deferment may be requested. Please contact the Jury Manager with any questions.
Yes. Unfortunately, the geographical makeup of Island County means some residents will have a lengthy commute. However, please keep in mind that all jurors called to report for jury duty are paid $10.00 per day and receive mileage reimbursement for travel between their residence and the courthouse. This is paid at the current state-wide accepted mileage rate. Ferry fares are not reimbursed.
If you do not wish to mail back your summons, there are two additional ways to respond. First, you can return your paper summons in person to Court Administration at the Law & Justice building in Coupeville. Second, you can respond online via eResponse. Be sure to have your Candidate ID ready as you'll need this number to login.
Located on your Juror Badge, or Part B of the summons, just below the barcode. When responding to your summons on eResponse you do not need to include all the zeros.
This is located on your Juror Badge, or Part B of the summons, where it says "Report To." Please keep in mind that you will not be reporting unless your Group Number is selected. Call the corresponding 1-800 Juror Information Line to hear if you've been selected. Additionally, please note that court assignment cannot be changed. If you are granted a deferment, you will be deferred to another date for that assigned court.
Check your Juror Badge for your Term of Service. A one week term requires calling the 1-800 number for your assigned court the night prior to your report date. A two week term requires calling the 1-800 number for your assigned court twice – the night prior to your report date and the following week.
Example: Two week Superior Court term
Week 1: Call Monday night to see if you are needed for Tuesday.
Week 2: Call Monday night to see if you are needed for Tuesday.
If you are not selected to report for a trial during this time, your jury service is complete.
At the beginning of the juror selection process the judge or the attorneys trying the case will inform you of the estimated length of trial. This process typically lasts half a day or more in Superior Court, less than that in District Court. If you are not chosen to be a seated juror, you will be dismissed after this process. If you become a seated juror, your service obligation is now the duration of the trial.
No. Civil cases, such as contract claims, personal injury claims, and landlord/tenant disputes can also be tried before a jury and may not have any connection with Law Enforcement. If you feel there is a conflict of interest or bias on the case you are selected to serve on, you may bring this up with the judge or the attorneys during the voir dire process (juror questioning). The Jury Manager cannot excuse you as a potential juror because of what you do for a living, your family makeup, or events in your past.
No. Please make the appropriate arrangements for childcare prior to reporting for jury duty.
There is no penalty for submitting your summons after the ten day window. However, please call the Jury Manager if your summons date is within two weeks.
Acceptable court attire is business casual/casual dress. Jeans are allowed, but please no rips or tears. Shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops are not appropriate in the Court. Additionally, please avoid clothing with logos, graphics, or slogans on them. Hats are not allowed in the courtroom unless worn for religious or medical purposes.
Unfortunately, this does happen, but don't worry, you're not in trouble! Just give the Jury Manager a call to have a new summons mailed to you. Depending on your report date, you may have time to return your paper summons, or you may need to reply online via eResponse.
Building Permit Applications are accepted until 2 pm.
You can apply via U.S. Mail or in person at the Planning Department front counter in the Coupeville office or at the Camano Annex.
Along with the Completed Application, the following shall be provided:
Yes. If you have a Land Use Submittal Appointment, upon arrival let the front receptionist know that you also have a Building Permit submittal. The Land Use application must be accepted in order to also intake the Building Permit application and plans. Because of the limited quantity of Guest Cottages, they are excluded from concurrent review.
A Washington State Licensed Contractor is required. And yes, you are able to do the work yourself, however an Owner / Contractor Form must be signed by the Owner and submitted with the Building Permit Application.
Island County is reviewing with the requirements of the 2018 code cycle.
You can find the 2018 IRC Table R301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria for Island County. This is the Design Criteria that your engineer needs to design your building.
Sign up for an account on Island County Planning's Public Portal to review the status of your building permit, review permit information, request inspections, and to get general information about your building permit.
Yes, alternative materials are allowed. It is the owner's responsibility to provide all information for minimum code compliance of proposed alternative materials. This may also include engineering.
Building Permit Applications are accepted until 2 p.m.
Yes. If you have a Land Use submittal appointment, upon arrival let the front receptionist know that you also have a Building Permit submittal. The Land-Use Application must be accepted in order to also intake the Building Permit application and plans. Because of the limited quantity of guest cottages, they are excluded from concurrent review.
A Washington state licensed contractor is required. And yes, you are able to do the work yourself. However, an Owner/Contractor Form must be signed by the owner and submitted with the Building Permit Application.
Code enforcement enforces regulations within the Island County Code, through a complaint-generated system. To include:
Yes, please see the complaint form.
Island County conducts code enforcement through a complaint-generated system only.
To request an investigation please fill out the electronic form. When you hit submit, our code enforcement officers will automatically be notified.
Complaint Investigation Request Form
Please note: Planning Community Development will only accept complaints through the above form. Verbal complaints will not be investigated until the form is completed.
Mediation can be a good alternative when conflicts with neighbors arise over code violations.
What is mediation? Mediation is a voluntary process in which people in dispute meet with a neutral third party who guides them through a structured and confidential negotiation.
Volunteers of America provides free low-cost mediation services and training to Island County Residents. Contact them for more information at 800-280-4770.
For information about permit fees, download Island County's land use permit fee schedule (pdf)
Planning & Community Development, 1 NE 7th St., Coupeville, WA 98239
Planning & Community Development, 1 NE 6th St., Coupeville, WA 98239
Call 360-679-7339 and ask to schedule a "Land Use Permit submittal appointment" with a planner. Plan for approximately 60 minutes to review and deliver your application.
Find your zone on Island County's interactive IC Geo Map. Instructions can be found on the opening home page.
Please click this link to be directed to our Land Use Tables. Directions on how to use the tables can be found at the top of the linked page.
You can find this information in the Land Use Tables. Directions on how to use the tables can be found at the top of the page.
The below timeframes begin the date the application is officially deemed complete and only includes the time which the County is actively reviewing the permit. This means if the County is waiting on additional information from an applicant, it could take longer than the times below.
Type I: Type I permits are ministerial and the final determination is made by planning staff. Planners aim for 30 to 60 days but can take up to 120 days.
Type II: Type II permits are administrative, they require the posting of a public notice sign and a 14 to 30 day public comment period depending on permit type. The final determination is made by planning staff. Planners aim for 60 to 90 days but can take up to 120 days.
Type III: Type III permits require a pre-application conference and a community meeting before submittal of the application. They require posting of a public notice sign and a 14-day public comment period. Planning staff issue a recommendation but the final determination is made by the Hearing Examiner after holding a public hearing.
It can take 120 days to get the staff recommendation to the Hearing Examiner. Then about 6 weeks to schedule a date with the Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner issues their decision within 10 days of the hearing.
As a government institution, Island County and its staff cannot endorse any specific private professional. However, for environmental projects, the county maintains a list of Qualified Environmental Consultants. This is a list of professionals who have submitted their qualifications to the Department and have been determined to meet the criteria of ICC 17.02B.060 for "Qualified Professional"
With complete information on the application, usually a few weeks.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office investigates and prepares a report, the Department of Labor & Industries will then determine if a “criminal act” has been committed. If so, you may be eligible for benefits, even if the police or prosecutor does not file charges in court.
Not usually. If there is a trial you may be subpoenaed to testify and would have to appear. Most hearings the victim is not required to appear. However, hearings are open to the public and victims are welcome to come if they would like.
There are a few options available to you. First, the Victim-Witness Coordinator is always available to accompany you to any hearings. Second, if you don’t feel comfortable being in the same area as the defendant or their family, the Victim-Witness Coordinator can attend the hearing in your place and report the outcome to you afterward.
Yes. Although the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office represents the State of Washington and not the victim, it’s common for the prosecutor to ask for a victim’s opinion regarding what they would like to see happen in a case. However, the decision is ultimately up to the prosecutor.
The Victim-Witness Coordinator is always available to answer any of your questions or explain processes you may not understand. They are in that position to support you. You may reach the Victim-Witness Coordinator by calling 360-678-7949.
You can haul wastes and recyclables to any of the Island County Solid Waste facilities. You may also self-haul recyclables to DTG Recycle in Freeland.
Don't throw it in the trash. You can bring your old oil-based paint, oil, antifreeze and other household hazardous waste to any of the Island County Solid Waste facilities. There is no charge for household hazardous wastes.
You can recycle latex paints and stains at the Coupeville Complex or see Washington PaintCare for additional drop off locations.
Island County’s Moderate-Risk Waste Collection Facility is open to businesses by appointment, call 360-678-8215 for information.
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which means that improper disposal of spent bulbs can lead to health and environmental risks. Don’t throw used CFLs in the trash or break them; save them in a safe place (keep the original packaging!) until you can take them to any of the Island County Solid Waste facilities.
See Island County's medications and sharps disposal page.
Furniture in good condition can be donated or sold for reuse. If the furniture is in poor condition, it may be disposed of at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and the Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park.
No. Burning garbage is illegal and can be dangerous. Breathing smoke from burning garbage can cause or worsen asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and damage children's lungs. Burning plastic releases many cancer causing agents into the air that you or your neighbors breathe. For information about outdoor burning see the Northwest Clean Air Agency’s website.
Yard waste is accepted at the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park. Yard waste includes grass clippings, brush, leaves and branches. Yard waste does not include sod, dirt, gravel, rocks, plastics, wood, lumber or garbage; these items are accepted as garbage, construction or depending upon size hard-to-handle wastes. Visit the Yard & Garden Waste page for more information.
Construction debris is accepted at the Island County Coupeville Solid Waste Complex and Camano Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park.
Technically, all plastics can be recycled. All plastics are not recycled because there is no economically feasible market for most of them. In Island County, we accept CLEAN #1 and #2 bottles, tubs, jugs and jars with caps or lids removed. All other plastic should be reused or go in the garbage (reusing an item saves 20 times as much energy as recycling it).
Lids can be made of different plastic resins than containers. Also, their small size makes them hard to compact in bales and they can cause damage to baling equipment.
Packing peanuts can be recycled at DTG Recycle in Freeland, taken to mailing centers, or disposed of as garbage at any of the Island County Solid Waste facilities.
Call 360-240-5592 or 360-679-7387, weekdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
The first step is to try to figure out where the water is coming from. Runoff due to the slope of your property, downspouts and water across driveways can often be mitigated by Low Impact Development (LID) Methods. There are many resources available to help resolve drainage issues on your property.
Here are a few:
Visit the Whidbey Island Conservation District website or call 360-678-4708 for information
If water runoff from an Island County road, ditch or culvert is impacting your private property, please advise the Island County Public Works Department at 360.679.7331. Questions on erosion/slope stability may be directed to the Development Coordinators through the Planning Department at 360-679-7339.
Please note: On the older Plats within Island County the developers, in the dedication of the plat, included language stating:
"… Also the right to drain all streets over any lot or lots where water might take a natural course after the street or streets are graded.”
As a result of this language, Island County has the right to send public roadway drainage over and across private property. If the amount of water is considered excessive and occurs on a frequent basis, Island County Public Works will investigate.
Use the Service Request Application to submit a drainage complaint online or call the Public Works administrative staff at 360-679-7331.
Island County has a procedure for “drainage complaints”
The most helpful thing you can do is to take pictures and document the problem when it is occurring.
Things to include in your documentation: Date, location of flow or ponding, water level, origin of water, how often the problem occurs, etc.
Start by completing the enrollment form. If you have questions regarding the form, call 360- 679-7302 for assistance.
On your enrollment form you can choose whether to pay your taxes in two installments or at once for the full year. If you chose two installments, your account will be debited on April 25 and Oct. 25 of the current year. If those dates fall on a weekend or holiday, payment will be withdrawn the next business day. If you choose to pay for the full year, your account will be debited on April 25 for your entire current year tax amount.
Island County has an email bulletin service that can send you a reminder that your tax payment withdrawal is imminent. The email will be sent approximately one week prior to the withdrawal.
Start the AutoPay enrollment process by providing your email address and clicking "Submit." When the list of county topics appears, scroll to "Treasurer," which is located in alphabetical order at the bottom of the list. Under "Treasurer," select "AutoPay Property Tax Withdrawal Reminder." You must sign up for this service to receive the reminder. No other notification will be sent.
Complete a new enrollment form with the updated information or go here for more information.
Complete a new enrollment form with the updated information. This must be done by April 10 or Oct. 10. After those dates, no changes to banking information can be accepted. See link for more information.
Complete a Cancel Request Form and send it to the Treasurer’s office.
If your financial institution does not honor the payment, your property tax account will accrue a $40 service fee as well as any penalty and interest that may accrue per state statute. In addition, your AutoPay agreement will be canceled.
To meet the next payment date, enrollments form must be in our office no later than March 15 for the first half payment and Sept. 15 for the second half payment.
No. the taxpayer is responsible for having all property taxes current when applying for Autopay enrollment, including prior period delinquencies. Applications submitted for accounts with delinquent balances due to missed payments will be held until payment is made in full.
For already-enrolled accounts, if balances arise between AutoPay withdrawal dates due to tax roll adjustments (e.g., for a removed exemption), they should be paid as billed according to the due date on the corrected tax statement to avoid accrued late charges that may occur by waiting for the AutoPay withdrawal date. If the billed due date falls after the AutoPay withdrawal date, the balance should be paid as billed according to the due date, because only taxes due April 30 and/or Oct. 31 will be withdrawn for AutoPay enrollments.
The taxpayer is responsible for routinely checking their own property tax account(s) for discrepancies.
Contact the Island County Treasurer's Office. This may have occurred for any of the following reasons:
Failure to receive a tax statement does not relieve you of the responsibility to make your tax payments by the due date and is not grounds for waiver of interest and penalties that accrue to delinquent accounts. Contact the Treasurer's Office for replacement statement(s) or to request tax amounts due.
You may do one of the following:
Request a new statement here or call the Treasurer's Office at 1-360-679-7302, ext. 1.
To change your mailing address, physical address or name, do the following:
If you have paid off your mortgage you will continue to receive an annual tax statement mailed to you by the Treasurer's Office. Make sure we have a correct mailing address associated with your account. Neither your mortgage lender nor the Auditor's Office will notify us of any changes.
If you have purchased a Washington state-titled vehicle or received one as a gift, you are required to transfer the title within 15 days. After 15 days, a monetary penalty will be assessed. You need to take the following documents to your local license agency: the current title with the signatures of the previous owners releasing interest; a bill of sale stating the full purchase price or statement of a gift signed by the previous owner, and a completed odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. If this is a gift, you will also need to provide proof of sales tax paid by the previous owner.
The cost to transfer a title is $42 plus 9.0% use tax, if applicable. Use tax is not charged on gift transactions if the sale / use tax has already been paid by the donor.
If you are a new resident to Washington state or purchased a vehicle from another state, you must present the following documents to a license agency in order to obtain Washington plates, registration and title: the out-of-state title in your name or properly released by the previous owner (if you are still making payments on the vehicle and a legal owner is holding the title, you will need a photocopy or faxed copy of your title), a bill of sale stating the full purchase price signed by the previous owner if the title is not in your name and a completed odometer statement if the vehicle is less than 10 years old. You will also need to have a Washington state driver's license unless you fit the exempt criteria.